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Cowardly: Fruit, tree, leaf
I was allowed to test Philosykos thanks to a hiking letter (the first one in which I could participate!). Many thanks to Volja and Millesfleurs! What fascinated me about the Diptyque brand right from the start were the great flacons that I repeatedly came across on Parfumo. The simple form, the black lid and the black and white label look so modern and noble, whereas the motifs of landscapes, lettering and naturalness on the labels all seem to be out of time and I love this contrast. The figs depicted on Philosykos have a massive resemblance to garlic cloves, which I found quite funny. But only marginally.
The top note starts sweet, slightly fruity, fresh and somehow I smell coconut. The whole thing quickly takes a green development, where development is relative. The Drydown lets some sweetness disappear and moves the fig as fruit quite easily into the background. The leaves and wood of the fig tree become dominant and give the fragrance a little more unisex character. At this point I am at a loss for the first time, as the ingredients of the fragrance pyramid were obviously presented as realistically as possible. And can natural odours be assigned a sex? I think here is rather the question of whether the sponsorship (m/f/d) of Philosykos can cope with the simple theme of fig (fruit, tree, leaf, everything that belongs to it), which is radiated by the scent. Because even if it is nicely done, there is unfortunately a complete lack of variety, of composition, of the recognition value of an exclusive EdP. Moreover, the smell becomes exhausting over the duration of the test, but this may be due to the fact that I always hold my nose to my wrist when testing and always smell the same. At a distance and in fresh air there is actually nothing that could be annoying, especially since Philosykos is very reserved with Sillage and durability (about 4 to 5 hours).
Conclusion: Like most of the other diptyques I was allowed to test, Philosykos is a very simple knitted scent that reflects the naturalness of the notes given in the pyramid. Apart from the fact that I find it a bit too simple, the fragrance unfortunately lacks durability, charisma and character. But if you are looking for a break from the many ouds, amber bombs and spice bombs in the cool season of the year, you should treat yourself to a nose of Philosyko.